The reporter, Dan Barkin of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, totally nailed Anton with this quote:
The Web has evolved into a tribal Internet of passionate bloggers like Zuiker, and he has become a sort-of local brand. He’s a quiet visionary. He’s a low-key doer. He’s a let’s-get-together-and-see-where-this-goes guy. It’s the Zuikers of this new, interwoven world who may play a significant role in determining how far Web 2.0 goes from being a sociable network to a social force.
I’m a latecomer to this community but I’ve been fortunate to spend some time with all four gents – less than I’d like, of course. Half of the blogging world knows Bora/Coturnix and he is as hyperkinetic in person as he is on-blog. Paul Jones is a WWW legend and joked recently that he has somehow made a living out of two disciplines thought to be dying (journalism and library sciences). Brian Russell (“part artist and part technologist”) recently told me that while he wasn’t a scientist, he works on the SBC just to help out wherever he could.
But Anton is indeed the glue – the visionary, low-key doer.
Check out examples of his community leadership at BlogTogether.org.
And, if you can make it, register for the 2008 NC Science Blogging Conference.